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Former Sky Sports Golf lead anchor David Livingstone has slammed golf’s governing bodies for not doing more to tackle slow play.

In his latest column for the Sky Sports Golf website, Livingstone pulled no punches in his giving his take on JB Holmes’ pace of play during the final round of the Genesis Open at the weekend, saying the American “went on to cure a nation’s insomnia”.

“If golf doesn’t speed up, growth in the game will get slower than JB Holmes himself. And that’s not funny,” added Livingstone.

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“Why does he do it? Because he’s allowed to. Because the game’s ruling bodies have no stomach for a messy public row they can’t micro manage.”

Bryson De Chambeau Slow Play

Livingstone also hit out at Bryson DeChambeau, above, another slow play culprit, saying that he gets away with taking an age to play because “he’s a charismatic novelty act”.

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“DeChambeau pushed those rules to the very limit during his win in Dubai and yet still emerged smelling of roses,” he added. “When he was called out by the media at the next tournament he came over all melodramatic saying: ‘I understand… but we’re playing for our livelihoods out here.’

“He displayed an obvious disregard for the impact of his behaviour on his fellow competitors and the image of the game.”

•• READ LIVINGSTONE’S COLUMN IN FULL HERE


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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